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2009-05-31 15:08:13
using A/C for intercooling ...
I was wondering if anybody ever thought of useing A/C for intercooling , imgine using an A/C evaperater, in an itercooler like , in a air to water fromat , what happens in car A/C is there is cabin air that is sucked through the intake and blown across the heat exchanger , and it removes the heat from the air , then you get cold air in the cabin , imagine making an itercooler out of an evaporater and using the cars A/C to cool it and turnning into an itercooler , you would get the gains of being able to cool you intake charge below , out side air temps , with out the wieght of water , but there be some palistic drag on thre motor because of still haveing and useing a air conditioning compressor , but I wonder how it would work ....
2009-05-31 16:25:38
The amount of power used from the AC compressor (around 30whp) would be more than the gains you could expect from the cooler intake charge.
2009-05-31 16:33:27
I figured as much but I thought it was a little of an out of the box idea
2009-06-11 12:04:58
robbin power to try to make power i dont think it make sence
2009-06-11 12:49:28
Originally Posted by Perry
robbin power to try to make power i dont think it make sence

Why not? Superchargers rob power to make power
2010-03-21 22:54:33
This is something I've been thinkin about.. Will it be possible to get the air temps lower than the temprature a water to air cooler will yeild as is thus being able to run a bit more boost making up for the lost power ?
2010-03-22 00:12:15
well yes because A/C operates on the same priciple as a freezer .....you could turn a AIr to water intercooler into a freezer almost , but you would have to have pressure treeted lines , and a way of controling how cold it gets ...
2010-03-22 00:49:32
i think it will work well actually. of course there will be a loss becuase of the compressor running. but i am currently using this set up for a cooling water. We use whats called a chiller system to cool down the water that runs through our hydraulic test stands. water is pumped through the chillers radiator which is an a/c evaporator. water enters at 180 degrees and comes out at 41 degrees. It is almost in and out. it cools it down very fast. something like 25 gpm. back to automotive use.... it might work well if we can overcome the loss of the compressor.
2010-03-22 16:18:55
My 2 cents..

Halfbakery: air conditioned intercooler
2010-03-22 16:34:33
how about using a a dc electric compressor!it will run on the battery
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